Are you living on a budget, but at the same time desiring a beach vacation? In this post I will give you the best ideas for cheap beach vacations.
First of all, you have to plan everything wisely to get the most value for your money. Looking for the best discount at booking sites is always a good idea.
Booking hotel, air flights and rental car togheter on a package, is usually cheaper than buying all separately. Make sure check all the booking companies and simply make certain to figure it out before you click.
Don’t forget to take a look at the official tourism sites of the city, state or region you are willing to visit. Sometimes you can find sections offering discounts on lodging, dining, activities and more.
Don’t get stuck with hotels. Hostels and CouchSurfing (whose members offer up their sofas or spare bedrooms for free) are great options to save money if you are travelling alone, and if you are going on a family vacation, vacation rentals by owners could be a good option too.
Many hostels (hostel world) now offer good private rooms just like some hotels, and some are located in prime beach destinations. Checking all references is key to make a good deal.
In fact, no matter where in the world you want to go, you can find a affordable spot if you follow these tips. But to make you job even easier, we’ve listed below 7 of the most amazing and affordable beach destinations.
7 cheap beach vacations (Surprisingly Affordable Beach Destinations):
1 – Corfu, Greece
We all know that Greece’s economy has been battling for quite a while, therefore the country has found itself on plenty of European getaway lists as of late. For our affordable beach destination list, I’m sticking with the Greek island of Corfu.
Corfu is a great pick for those on a budget. Travelers can often find inexpensive flights directly to the island by booking through smaller, regional airlines and once there, visitors will find that hotels, restaurants, and activities can be very cheap.
Pay attention with hotels advertising four stars service, but even if they aren’t quite up to a luxury standard, many Corfu beach resorts offer all-inclusive options and feature numerous pools, a range of dining, and simple, clean rooms.
2 – Myrtle Beach, SC
Constantly rated as one of the top family beach destinations of the united states. Myrtle Beach bring to visitors a special nightlife, over 100 golf courses, and 60 miles of sandy coastline – all at affordable prices.
This place sometimes get a bit overbooked, but hotels account for this with massive pools and water park complexes, as well as plenty of meeting spaces and large rooms. In fact, many properties feature condo-style accommodations with kitchens and living rooms.
3 – Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico has a tropical Caribbean vibe but still a US commonwealth, so flights to the island from the mainland is usually cheap, especially when compared to those to nearby islands such as Turks and Caicos and the BVI.
In Puerto Rico, major shopping malls, golf courses and casinos meet tropical forests and beautiful white sand beaches, while well-preserved 15th-century Spanish forts loom over charming towns with colorful colonial buildings.
Prices are similar to those in the U.S., and the hotel offerings are varied, from luxury resorts, to government-sponsored inns, to chain hotels. So no matter your style or budget, you’ll find a great beach retreat.
4 – Playa del Carmen
There is no way talking about Playa del Carmen without mentioning Cancun. The two cities are hits of Mexican tourism, but at the same time live in complete antagonia.
It’s more low-key, less crowded sister that, like Cancun, offers plenty of budget-friendly, all-inclusive resorts. Even though spring break is peak season, many hotels offer deals around this time, and day trips to spots like Cozumel and the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum are relatively inexpensive.
If Cancun is a modern space perfect for shopping and being fun all day, Playa del Carmen is the typical hippie, alternative and intimate, where tranquility is key.
5 – South Padre Island, TX
This island, reachable from the Texas mainland via Route 100, is wildly popular during spring break, mostly because it’s so cheap.
A resort vacation spot off the southernmost Gulf Coast of Texas, South Padre Island offers the perfect cheap beach vacation for everyone.
Once a sleepy fishing village, South Padre Island is now ranked as the one of the Top Beaches in the US by many national publications. With the island offering stretches of white sand, turquoise waters, and a laid back style of living.
6 – Phuket, Thailand
Thailand’s largest island is an international magnet for beach lovers and serious divers, who enthusiastically submerge themselves in the Andaman Sea.
Blue lagoons and salmon sunsets make for a dream-like atmosphere, and indeed, a vacation here can feel a bit surreal. Watersports are the most popular activities, though once you’ve had enough sun there’s still plenty to explore at the island’s aquariums, gardens, and Buddhist temples.
The beach town of Phuket in particular is home to some of the most luxurious resorts in the world, and yet even the most exclusive properties offer rooms starting around $200/night. The same stunningly low rates can be found at restaurants, shops, and spas. Naithon Beach is beautiful, and conveniently close to the airport, while Batok on Racha Yai island is arguably even more gorgeous and unspoiled. Patong Beach is also popular.
7 – Jamaica
Many major airports offer direct flights to Jamaica’s Montego Bay, where a handful of affordable accommodations can be found. But for those who don’t mind a slightly longer airport transfer, Ocho Rios (a couples hours from Montego) is an even more budget-friendly destination.
Ocho Rios, a port of call for many cruise lines, also boasts some of the most luxe resorts and spas in the Caribbean. And once you’ve had your stresses melted away in the island sun, you can head out for a night of dancing and reggae music.